I have been using OpenSCAD to design the objects I 3D print these days. Take for example my printed towel rack pictured here.
The design is parametric, which means that each aspect of the design is customizable. I had a specific diameter rod to use, so I entered that value into the code. If you would like to make your own towel rod, you could download the code that I wrote, and change the diameter of whatever rod you find to use. In this way the design can meet everyone’s needs with very little effort. This also means that sharing the design is much more valuable for others.
In this class you will learn the basics of OpenSCAD and reproduce a simple design from scratch. Some prior knowledge is required; basically that when you code, you need to spell things right and close brackets. OpenSCAD is fully cross platform and easy to install. Feel free to bring an idea for a 3D printed object, but make it practical. OpenSCAD does not excel at organic pretty things.
- Class will be on August 4th from 1pm to 5pm.
- Fee is $20. There will be an optional materials fee for printing: $1/10g, cheap.
- There will be beer and a donation jar for more beer.
- A computer will be required, laptop much preferred.
- OpenSCAD needs to be installed: http://www.openscad.org/
- Basic knowledge of some coding helps, ie: proper spelling and syntax, indenting code, closing brackets, semicolons.
- Class will be held at Hive76 in our new fancy classroom.
If you have heard of OpenSCAD before, we will be covering for() loops, modules, and debugging as well.
List of things I have designed with OpenSCAD: